BIG RAPIDS — Area residents are invited to display their creativity by creating holiday trees and wreaths for the annual Festival of Trees fundraiser for Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals.
The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Holiday Inn of Big Rapids, with guests and organizations bidding on the auction items designed and created for the event. The proceeds will underwrite the free flu vaccination program the hospitals offer to elementary schools in Mecosta and Osceola counties each fall.
Entries confirmed by October 24 will be listed in the catalog of auction items given to bidders.
Donors may pick up a bare tree or wreath from Patterson’s Flowers in downtown Big Rapids, take the item home and decorate it with materials and ornaments of their choice. Ornaments should be glued, wired or otherwise securely attached to the tree, wreath or item to ensure safe transportation.
Other auction items, such as a weekend get-away, sports game or VIP experience, are also welcome as donated auction items. Individuals interesting in making an auction item gift may contact Laurie Alighire at 231-592-4280.